By Matthew Marczi
With the move Tuesday to call up rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Terence Garvin from the practice squad after placing tight end Matt Spaeth on short-term IR, the young man has officially made me a liar.
Well, not exactly, but his inclusion onto the roster negates one observation that I made after analyzing the roster’s finals cut, which was that—at the time—no rookie undrafted free agents had made the roster. The Pittsburgh Steelers frequently end up with at least one; last year, in fact, they had three in punter Drew Butler, outside linebacker Adrian Robinson, and defensive back Robert Golden.
The move to call up Garvin over the other members of the practice squad makes sense, because he is the most likely to be able to contribute positively on special teams. Substituting an offensive player for a defensive player on the roster also evens out the numbers with 25 each.
Inside linebacker was the deepest unit on the team, and Garvin was the only ILB retained o...